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John Heminway | In Full Flight: A Story of Africa and Atonement

Join author John Heminway for a reading and signing of his new biography, In Full Flight: A Story of Africa and Atonement. 

Dr. Anne Spoerry treated hundreds of thousands of people across rural Kenya over the span of fifty years. A member of the renowned Flying Doctors Service, the French-born Spoerry learned how to fly a plane at the age of forty-five and earned herself the cherished nickname, “Mama Daktari”—“Mother Doctor”—from the people of Kenya. Yet few knew what drove her from post-World War II Europe to Africa. Now, in the first comprehensive account of her life, Dr. Spoerry’s revered selflessness gives way to a past marked by rebellion, submission, and personal decisions that earned her another nickname—this one sinister—working as a “doctor” in a Nazi concentration camp.
In Full Flight explores the question of whether it is possible to rewrite one’s troubled past simply by doing good in the present. Informed by Spoerry’s own journals, a trove of previously untapped files, and numerous interviews with those who knew her in Europe or Africa, John Heminway takes readers on a remarkable journey across a haunting African landscape and into a dramatic life punctuated by both courage and weakness and driven by a powerful need to atone.


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Event date: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The King's English Bookshop
1511 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
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$27.95
ISBN: 9781524732974
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - February 13th, 2018